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  1. #1

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    I know it seems that I only come on when I have a problem, but I'm so new to this that I feel I don't have anything to offer. I do read alot on here, though. Thanks for all your great advice.

    I really have two questions. As I noted in my introduction, my son and I quickly went from a 10 g to a 29g tank. We'd love a 55g, but cant' fit it in his room.

    Anyway, with the new tank, came new lighting and it's much brighter than the small tank. I have algae everywhere! I can't keep up with it.

    We have 6 neons, 3 cory catfish, 4 guppies, and two danios ( they were what was recommended for cycling, we are about to add to them so they can school.

    I have only plastic plants and recently added a BN pleco, hoping to solve my algae problem. He's so cute and we can't get enough of him, wish he'd come out more.

    Here's the problem, he's not eating the algae! We've had him two weeks now and I can't see where he's eaten any algae at all. Does it take longer than that to adjust? Am I being impatient? I think he's alright, the levels are all normal and he sure can move fast when we turn the light on!

    Are my lights too bright? I have read a lot about lighting, but I don't understand much of what I'm reading. Is it good to have full spectrum or is this what is the problem?

    I'd love to hear any advice you can offer.

    Thanks!

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    In a lot of cases plecos will eat algae, but dont prefer it, if you feed wafers or pellets, he may just be opting to not eat the algae.

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    I actually haven't been feeding him much in hopes it would prompt him to eat the algae, but it would figure that after reading about how the best algae eater is a BN, mine wouldn't be much interested!

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    What kind of algae is it? What does it look like, what colour?
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    It's green and now has little black spots on top of the green. Everything is coated except where the light is shadowed by a rock or a plant.

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    My son named his pleco Eureka because that's the kind of vacuum cleaner he has and he thought he'd be so good at sucking up the algae.

    Any suggestions on what to do about the algae if if our pleco doesn't enjoy eating it?

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    I also have had a pleco for about a week now and hes not eating any of the alge in the tank either I have brown Alge in my tank my magnet Broke so I figured I would buy one but hes not eating any

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    hrmm my pleco cleaned my tank in the first week... all i can comment on is your algea problem. Try reducing the amount of time the lights are left on, what type of schedule are the lights set on right now?
    55 Gallon Tank - Anacharis - 3 Tiger Barbs - 1 Rainbow Shark - 1 Curvicep - 1 Gold Severum - 1 Plecostomus
    30 Gallon Tank - Planning for SW
    18 Gallon Tank - Anacharis - 2 Flame Dwarf Gouramis - 2 Paradise Blue Gouramis - 1 Dwarf Gouramis - 1 Rainbow Shark
    10 Gallon Tank - Java Moss - 5 Neon Tetra - 35 Cherry Shrimp
    10 Gallon Tank - Amazon Sword - Anacharis - Fril - Java Moss - Moneywort - Parrot Feather - 4 Ramshorn Snails

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    around 11 in the after noon till 11 or 12 at night no direct sunlight I would vac and Clean it off but I dont want to starve him I was just thinking that Its a big Tank and he hasnt Found it yet
    37Gallon ---3 Glass Catfish, 1 Dwarf Gourami, 2 Black Skirt Tetras, 2 Silver Hatchetfish, 1 Marbled Angel fish

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    try reducing that by a few hours maybe leave the lights off for a few days and then go to a 6-8 hour schedule rather then 12-13 hour one. Invest in a new magnet and clean the glass with that, the reduced schedule should atleast slow the process some.
    55 Gallon Tank - Anacharis - 3 Tiger Barbs - 1 Rainbow Shark - 1 Curvicep - 1 Gold Severum - 1 Plecostomus
    30 Gallon Tank - Planning for SW
    18 Gallon Tank - Anacharis - 2 Flame Dwarf Gouramis - 2 Paradise Blue Gouramis - 1 Dwarf Gouramis - 1 Rainbow Shark
    10 Gallon Tank - Java Moss - 5 Neon Tetra - 35 Cherry Shrimp
    10 Gallon Tank - Amazon Sword - Anacharis - Fril - Java Moss - Moneywort - Parrot Feather - 4 Ramshorn Snails

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